The woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault can testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in a public or private setting, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed.
McConnell spoke on Capitol Hill Tuesday afternoon about Christine Blasey Ford's claim that Kavanaugh assaulted her 36 years ago when they were in high school. Kavanaugh's planned confirmation vote in the Judiciary Committee this week was postponed and he will face questioning about the matter on Monday.
"She can do it privately if she prefers, or publicly if she prefers. Monday is her opportunity," McConnell told reporters.
McConnell then slammed the timing of the allegations, saying it's clear that Democrats, who have known about the allegations for several weeks, are trying to stall the confirmation vote on the Senate floor.
"It is still disturbing to think about the way in which this has developed right at the end," he said. "The ranking member of the Judiciary Committee [Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.] had notice of this for quite some time, and decided to spring it right at the end. It's pretty obvious that this is all about delaying the process.
"But the accuser certainly does deserve the right to be heard, and we're looking forward to hearing what she has to say on Monday. Judge Kavanaugh, as you know, has been anxious to testify, and I'm sure he'll be here as well."
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